I love Polish food, the smell of dill, beetroot, freshly baked bread and buns, apples. Perhaps because it reminds me of my childhood but also because it is very very tasty.
Fast food chains reached Poland only in the 90s and beforehand we only had booths selling fries and so called milk bars serving properly cooked dinners. Everyone is used to food cooked from scratch, with local and seasonal produce. Things surely changed now but the tradition is still strong.
During our visit bilberries and chanterelle mushrooms were in season and every restaurant had these on menu.
Breakfast is usually buns or sourdough bread served with butter, cheese (yellow and white, cottage style), cold cuts, smoked sausages, boiled or scrambled eggs, tomatoes and jam.
Ulica Oboźna 3, Warsaw
Fantastic cheap breakfast, choice of Polish, Communist, French Toast (not a sweet version but with ham and cheese, I was shocked), pancakes and good coffee.
Ulica Żurawia 6-12, Warsaw
Stylish breakfast and lunch place, great smoothies, juices and huge coffees.
Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw
Good option for a take away breakfast: bilberry, poppy seed or cheese buns.
Lunch used to be the main meal of the day but this is changing now since people work longer hours, offices used to close around 14.00. Dinner used to be just a small sandwich but again this is changing too.
Lunch and dinner places:
Ulica Ossolińskich 7, Warsaw
Two restaurants owned by the Gessler brothers, serving upmarket Polish food: beetroot soup, chicken broth, roasted goose, trout, beef stew. U Kucharek has got a nice outside area and the service is excellent.
Łazienki Park, entrance from Ulica Parkowa, Warsaw
A lovely restaurant, bar and café in a beautiful park. The food is amazing.
Łazienki Park, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
A brainchild of the Gessler sister, a modern restaurant serving Polish and Italian dishes. The potato cakes I had were good!
Ulica Zielona 37, Warsaw
An old telecom building, some of the Stalin/Churchill conversations were cabled through there, turned into a fantastic fusion restaurant by a Polish actress Kasia Figura. Bar serves great cocktails, my cosmo was delish.
Ulica Krzywe Koło 30, Warsaw
A great little pierogi place near the Barbican and Old Town centre, served baked from the oven, boiled or fried, stuffed with mushrooms, cheese and potatoes, cabbage and mushrooms, meat. Maybe bit touristy but you can dine in a cute outdoor area and the prices are wallet friendly.
Wąski Dunaj 4/6/8, Warsaw
A traditional Polish restaurant serving herring with sour cream, rye soup with sausage, borscht, pierogi, potato cakes and potato dumplings, all the good things in life.
Ulica Ossolińskich, Warsaw (on a corner of Ul. Ossolińskich and Krakowskie Przedmieście)
Old fashioned snack bar serving 8 dishes only, one of them is called ‘surprise’ and you will only find out what it is once your plate arrives. Very cheap good quality snacks and €1 vodka shots.
Aforementioned Kafka – good cake, sandwiches, pancakes, I must say, the service is very slow but when the food arrives you forget about it and tuck in.
Ulica Bracka 20, Warsaw
Warsaw’s fashion crowd hangout.
Ulica Dobra 31, Warsaw
Café/book store. Good coffee and excellent baked cheesecake however the place stinks of cigarette smoke.
Ulica Wilcza 26, Warsaw
Another café/book store, very laid back, great for chilling out.
Ulica Freta 18, Warsaw
A great period interior with a vast selection of teas. Very nice service. I can only imagine visiting it on a cold autumn evening, felt so cozy.
For good pastries and cakes pop in to any patisserie in sight, these are called ‘Cukiernia’. Doughnuts, buns and cream cakes are to die for.